Light showers were received last weekend here around the Bend and Sunday Bonnie Millican reported they received 3/10 inch of rain, but not everyone who lives around the Bend received any rain. The reports, if you can believe the TV weather reports we should stand a good chance to receive some beneficial rains over most of the state.Due to the dry conditions there was little to none fire works set off in the Bend area. Everyone went to some of the firework displays in some of the surrounding towns.Bonnie Millican reported that the Millican family reunion held Saturday at the Civic Center in San Saba was a success. Kinfolk from Lubbock, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Friendswood, and surrounding communities attended. Lots of good visiting and lots of good food. Thelma Millican, who will be 100 on August 6, was in attendance. Her daughter Sylvia had a birthday cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to her. Elsie Millican, at 99, was there cheering her on. We are fortunate to have these two ladies in our family. They are wonderful role models.From all indications, the reception honoring Ruby and Marcus Amthor here at Bend on Saturday was a success. A huge crowd was on hand to wish them well. Ruby was such a beautiful bride! It was another opportunity for good food, fellowship, and fun. We wish the happy couple many, many wonderful years together. Pat’s sisters Jean and Gail are staying on at Bend for the rest of the week and through next weekend. Country living is addictive. Pat loves having them across the way in their mother’s home—seems like old times. Lots of visiting and tales told. We are expecting Geoffrey, Lindsay, and Henry for the weekend, so things will really get exciting.Fannie Crawford was moved from Austin and is now in the Pecan Valley Nursing and Rehab in San Saba...Fannie belongs in San Saba where all her friends are. She needs to be in your prayers . Another lady Jolene Lively is in the Lampasas Nursing and Rehab also needs to be in you prayers.Charlene Brister reported on the recent Brister family reunion. It was a huge success. Families came from Idaho, Oregon, California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and from different parts of Texas. In all there were 125 for the Friday night who enjoyed hamburgers and eight different flavors of ice cream. There was 150 who attended the Saturday fish fry, and 125 for lunch Sunday. The Sunday sermon was brought by Brock Rose, the grandson of Vernon and Judy Brister. It was a wonderful service with special music by Madison Brister. The cousin camp followed the next week and Cindy Prater had 18 little cousins attending. Saturday, July 7, the beautiful wedding reception for Ruby and Marcus Amthor was held at the Leaning Bluff Lodge with many friends and family coming to congratulate the young couple.Jerome and Shirley Meischen attended a graduation party in Round Rock last Saturday in honor of their grandson, Blake Gideon. Blake will be home until July 23, then he will return to the Arizona Cardinals for camp. Quincee Gideon, their granddaughter is in Uganda for two months. Her organization received a $30,000.00 grant to dig a water well there in Africa. The people along with Quincee are planting a garden and they will not have to carry the water a long way. If anyone would like to read about Quincee and what she is doing, you can look her up on www.thenameless.com. On the 4th they attended a wonderful fish fry at the home of Phillip and Bobbie Morris.Raymond Hicks reported that son Bobby, and wife Debbie and daughter Laura Beth Hicks will spend the upcoming week in New Boston where Bobby will be teaching at the Tex Americas Center the largest rural training center in the Americas. While he is working, Debbie and Laura Beth will be visiting with her brother and his family in New Boston and enjoying the social life in the evenings.Saturday afternoon, July 7 Lewvon, Raymond and Laura Beth Hicks attended Ruby and Marcus Amthor’s wedding reception at the Hanging Bluff Lodge at the Bend. They enjoyed the food and visit with Ruby, Marcus Amthor, their friends and family. In the evening, they attended a birthday party at Hancock Park pool for Leah Snell. Leah was celebrating her 70 birthday with friends and family with a swim in the sulfur springs.Patsy Henniger reported on a trip made by son Mickey and his wife Jill. They just returned from a three-week trip to Switzerland where they hiked and biked through the mountains and along the lakes. She reported that they will be bringing pictures for her and R.J. to see.William and Jane Clark is back home after a trip to Colorado. They joined Doug, Kristi, and children who were already there at Crested Butt and Jamie Houdyshell and her sons joined the group after visiting family members in New Mexico. Boyd and his sons were there with the family. One Sunday the family held outdoor church service in the beautiful mountains. Jamie spent some time at a writer’s convention while there. She and the boys went to Raton, N. M. from Colorado to meet family, Donny and JoBeth Massey, to fish and enjoy water sports before returning home.Received some news concerning the Ken McCoy family. Ken, Judy and their children Brad McCoy and Kate from Rowlett, Jack and Jana Robinson and children Kaitlyn and Conner of Hobbs, N. M. and daughter Jennifer McCoy was in Rock Springs with other family members to build a float to be in the Fourth of July parade there. Ken’s mother Modell was the Grand Marshall of the parade.Happy birthday greetings go out to Emerson Brister and Larry Brister who will celebrate a birthday July 13, to Monty Arms who will have a birthday July 15, to Catherine Hicks whose birthday is July 17, to Brandon Preece and Bobbie Morris whose birthdays are July 18, to Gene Brister and Laura Brister whose birthday is July 19.